Lampard makes Everton’s mission statement – Liverpool click

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Frank Lampard wants his Everton reign to be in unison ‘both ways’.

Lampard has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park after a long search for a permanent replacement for Rafael Benitez.

The 43-year-old is set to take charge of first-team training on Monday ahead of his bow in the FA Cup fourth round home tie with Brentford this weekend.

He inherits a Blues side in turmoil with 19 points in the first 20 games of this season, leaving them hovering above the Premier League relegation zone.

Lampard’s coaching setup will include several stalwarts from his time at Chelsea, including Carlo Ancelotti’s trusted former assistant Paul Clement.

Joe Edwards, who was promoted by Lampard during his time at Stamford Bridge, also joins alongside fitness and conditioning coach Chris Jones.

Everton goalkeeper Duncan Ferguson and longtime colleague Alan Kelly are set to complete the new back room ranks.

Lampard and Ferguson both entered into a final round of talks for the vacant seat with Goodison’s hierarchy and supremo Farhad Moshiri last Friday.

But the Everton boss demanded that the Scotsman part of his first-team plans having served under six different managers over the previous eight years.

And Lampard set out the basic vision for his tenure as he urged players and fans to tune in in their quest to progress after their nadir under Benitez.

He said, “I’m very hungry to start.

“After speaking to the owner, chairman and board, I felt their passion and ambition very well. I hope they felt my ambition and how hard I want to work to achieve it.

“You can feel the passion Everton fans have for their club. It will be hugely important.

“As a team – the level of competition the Premier League brings and the position we have in the table – we definitely need that.
“It’s a two-way street. I think Everton is a unique club in that you can really understand what the fans want to see.

“The first thing they want is the fight and the desire and that always has to be our baseline.

“My first message to the players will be that we have to do this together. We will try to do our job and I know the fans will be there to support us.


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